We tried all of the vegan meal sets and here is what happened
How many vegan-friendly meal sets can you turn upside down? When we started this project, we figured it was maybe half a dozen. After doing our research, we were shocked to find out that it would take more than two hands to count them all. Given the small staff and limited cooling space, we narrowed it down to 13, split the “work” and started sampling. Some blew us away, others were about as expected, and all of them delivered on the promise of plant-based comfort. Whether you’re looking for a quick frozen option or a freshly cooked local meal, there’s a vegan meal set for you. We’ve tried them all and here are our thoughts.
Note: This list is not in any particular order.
Daily Harvest is no longer just making smoothies, it’s moving on to something better. In addition to the frozen smoothie cups that popularized this plant-based delivery service, Daily Harvest now supplies everything from morning oats to dinner-sized bowls. Unlike many other companies, it also offers desserts in the form of scoops (ice cream) and bites (naturally sweetened superfood balls). All items are delivered frozen.
Service: ColleN Holland, publisher and co-founder of VegNews, keeps coming back to this company to experience the variety of foods as well as the ease of ordering. Once a week she receives deliveries with a fresh batch of smoothies, harvest bowls and even flatbread.
Price: $ 5.99 to $ 8.99 per item
Diversity: Pretty solid if you’re in the mood for healthy eating. From smoothies to soups and flatbreads to ice cream, you won’t get bored. We’re also big fans of the new Almond Mylk wedges!
Meals: Holland’s favorites include Tart Cherry + Raspberry Smoothie, Chocolate + Blueberry Smoothie, Carrot + Cinnamon Smoothie and the new Almond Mylk Wedges.
Insider tip: If you like your smoothies on the sweet side, add a date or two when you mix them.
A total of: Since all of these meals are frozen, Daily Harvest is ideal for those looking for a nutritious meal when there is absolutely no time to eat or when they are not interested in cooking at all.
This plant-based company is a triumph of what allergen-friendly food can be. Every meal is vegan and includes oil, gluten, refined sugar, preservatives and peanut free. Meals are chilled and serve two to three per bag. They are great on hand when you want to step up the produce or the farmer’s market bread that you have on hand.
Service: In terms of packaging, the bag thing kind of blew us away. Getting tuna salad out of a black zippered pouch is strange. However, as soon as we took a bite, we completely forgot about it.
Price: As low as $ 169 for 24 servings
Diversity: For an ingredient list that restricts so many items, MamaSezz doesn’t want variety. Choose from soups, deli salads, plant-based proteins and the new Not-a-Cookie.
Meals: VegNews Digital Editor Tanya Flink ate the chickpea and tuna salad straight out of the fridge! The Moroccan stew and toothy ginger and garlic protein strips were also a hit. And the not-a-cookie was surprisingly good.
Insider tip: Have the deli salads and protein options ready to add substance to leafy greens and homemade stir-fries.
A total of: If you want to have affordable and healthy vegan staples on hand, MamaSezz is a great option. However, we would like some items to be frozen for preservation reasons.
Veestro receives five stars for accessibility and lightness. The meals are firm, they take less than two minutes to heat up and there is a lot of variety. We combined each meal with a large salad or steamed vegetables to add flavor to the vegetables.
Service: Compact packages remind us of frozen TV dinners, but they keep well in the refrigerator and keep forever. The à la carte menu is also a big plus.
Price: As low as $ 9.35 per meal
Diversity: Mostly comfort foods veganized and somewhat healthy. We want dessert!
Meals: Flink loved the chilaquiles (it’s more like a Mexican lasagna), lentil and spinach tagine, beluga lentil braised beef, and the chick’n nuggets. Watch out, NUGGS, Veestro will pick you up!
Insider tip: Have vegetables ready to add a little more veggies to your meal.
A total of: For a vegan meal that you can heat up in minutes, Veestro is excellent in this category. Not every meal is a winner, but the vast majority of them are that satisfying.
This plant-based company is committed to you and expects you to do the same. Plantable is all about lifestyle changes and healthy eating habits. Meals are frozen and are nutritious, refined, sugar-free, and low in salt. It’s not cheap, but you essentially get a virtual nutrition trainer along with prepackaged meals.
Service: Loved the a la carte option and different plans (we tried the restart). Plantable is goal-oriented and shows – from daily emails to the free breakfast and salad recipe booklet that comes with every order.
Price: Starts at $ 129 for a three-day clean
Diversity: Out of the ordinary. All meals are healthy, but they lean on comfort foods as well as the standard soup and grain / vegetable / protein bowl.
Meals: With the exception of the hippie brunch burrito, Flink loved everything she tried. The spanakopita with chickpea toast triangles; Tomato, eggplant and lentil stew; and the pizza pocket were outstanding.
Insider tip: Do not put casserole dishes in the oven. They are great, but they fall apart when heated. Flop them in a bowl and microwave.
A total of: If you’re thinking of a cleanse or a fresh start – be it a juice cleanse or an elimination diet – we recommend trying Plantable first. It’s real food, it’s filling, and it’s scientifically proven to actually work.
New to the vegan food delivery market, this plant-based company was built on bacon. After Prime Roots mastered this first product, it switched to ready-made meals. All dishes are delivered chilled, so you need to eat them quickly. The meals themselves are ideal for a quick lunch or dinner without a refrigerator.
Service: Meals were delivered promptly and there were no problems with transportation. The slim containers stack well in the refrigerator or in a bag when you walk out the door.
Price: From $ 9.99 per meal
Diversity: It grows. The selection ranges from vegan bacon to rice bowls and ravioli to mac and cheese.
Meals: We only tried the rice bowl options (made with rice, vegan meat, vegetables and sauce). The sauce ratio was just right – not too cheeky and not too dry. We also appreciated the generous serving of perfectly cooked vegetables.
Insider tip: Get the bacon. Pre-cooked it looks a bit questionable, but if the strips are crispy in a dry pan, the taste and texture is spot on. It’s bacon with no gristle. Granted, Flink hasn’t had bacon in 16 years, but the experience is exactly as it remembers.
A total of: When you know you’re going to have a busy week but don’t want to rely on fast food, having a Prime Roots meal on hand is nice. Get the bacon too!
Purple Carrot simplifies home cooking by adding the “What’s for dinner?” Ask and send you the pre-measured ingredients you need to put together a healthy meal. Portions are a little different at times, but overall you can count on a home cooked meal that is probably better than what you could cook yourself.
Service: We loved that the instructions were easy to follow and included pictures. However, it’s not great if you are picky about it as there is no a la carte option. You get everything that week’s menu has planned.
Price: $ 11.99 per meal, served 2
Diversity: Incredible. We tried foods and flavors that we had never thought of putting together. The meals are globally inspired and often pleasantly spicy.
Meals: VegNews editorial assistant Jocelyn Martinez said the kimchi quesadilla made her keep kimchi on hand.
Insider tip: You can keep the recipes! Also, wait a good 30-45 minutes to prepare, especially if you are a beginner in the kitchen.
A total of: Purple carrot is an excellent option for those who want to master a handful of delicious, nutritious, vegan dishes.
If you drink (or want to become) juice regularly, thistle is your best bet. It’s not a juice cleanse, but the chilled, prepackaged lunch and dinner menu has a wide variety of cold-pressed juices made from greens, citrus, and fruit, as well as charcoal-boosting immunity shots (the kind you drink for clarity). The meals themselves came fresh and didn’t require any preparation other than a zap in the microwave.
Service: Excellent although we were surprised at how much juice there was in our boxes. It was a lot to get through in a couple of days when they peaked.
Price: Starts at $ 43.50 for a 3-meal package
Diversity: All meals focus on balanced macronutrients and minimally processed foods – most are bowl-shaped (grains, vegetables, egg whites, sauce).
Meals: Martinez raved about the juices and gunfire. You and Flink loved the Carnitas Bowl with Chipotle Jackfruit. The jackfruit was flavorful and tender and the portion was generous! However, the Thai salad wasn’t a favorite.
Insider tip: It’s not all vegan, so be sure to choose the plant-based protein option.
A total of: Thistle is a great choice if you want to add more whole foods to your diet but don’t want to sacrifice flavor. However, be ready to chug these juices within a few days.
Fire Road Foods
FireRoad was developed by athletes for athletes. It’s just one of many companies owned by Brendan Brazier – former professional Ironman and vegan sports nutrition pioneer. All meals are delivered frozen and are relatively affordable, especially when compared to other companies. Many meals also contain Beyond Meat. So if this is what you’re interested in, this company might be for you.
Service: I love the compact containers and the freezability. We also appreciate the fact that you can see the individual components that make up each dish.
Price: As low as $ 8.55 per meal
Diversity: No complaints here. You’ll mainly find oats, pasta, grain bowls, and smoothies.
Meals: Of the meals we received, we enjoyed the bowls best. The Sweet Potato Mac n Cheese was something Flink would definitely order again – the chickpea noodles were perfectly al dente, the cheese sauce was velvety, and there was a generous amount of broccoli that retained its structural integrity even after being microwaved.
Insider tip: Flink wasn’t a fan of the smoothies. Stick to the shells.
A total of: Busy athletes, or even active parents, could certainly benefit from keeping a few FireRoad bowls in the freezer.
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Are you trying to eat closer to home? Territory Foods sources its vegan-friendly meals from restaurants and private chefs in your area. Meals are fresh and labeled with the restaurant or chef they come from. This is a great way to learn more about independent plant-based businesses. However, this service is higher than others in the price range.
Service: Order these when you know you will be home to eat them. They only stay fresh in the refrigerator for about a week.
Price: From $ 13.95 per meal
Diversity: Perhaps the most varied options include any meal from breakfast to dessert. You won’t get bored thanks to the ingenuity of local chefs.
Meals: We loved the chai-spiced breakfast quinoa with blueberry jam and almond butter – Flink actually ate it for dessert. The Cafe Gratitude Boundless (pasta puttanesca) was exceptional, as were the enchiladas with pleasantly surprising smoky pinto beans.
Insider tip: As with Thistle, not all meals are vegan, but you can show off.
A total of: Territory Foods is great if you have the resources to discover new vegan options in your area.
Like Purple Carrot, this plant-based meal set requires some assembly. The results are worth it. Don’t sweat too much on the packaging either – everything is sustainable and even the “plastic” is biodegradable. All meals serve two to three, and the price is more than fair for what you get. The food is fresh, of high quality and the instructions are easy to follow.
Service: While unpacking all three meals is a hassle – there are compostable bags of fresh produce, multiple trays of fresh herbs, and containers of sauces – once all of the numbered packages are arranged in your refrigerator, you’ll feel extremely organized. We also love that the time consuming parts of the meal are pre-made.
Price: $ 89 per week plus $ 9 for shipping
Diversity: Simple Feast only offers dinner, but the wide variety of meals within those limits is appreciated.
Meals: Flink loved every meal she tried – she literally ate the puttanesca sauce alone with the piece of French bread. The mushroom enchiladas were restaurant quality and possibly the best bite on this entire project.
Insider tip: Save the fresh herbs for meals later. There are far too many, but they last for a few days.
A total of: Simple Feast is perfect for couples (or singles who love leftovers) who want to eat well and spend around 30 minutes in the kitchen.
Food Flo is a decent option if you want to have some healthy and exciting options ready. There is plenty of variety, unique dishes and fun additions such as juices and desserts. The ready meals are fresh but not well labeled. Not every dish is madness, but some may surprise you.
Service: We had a bit of a labeling problem with this company, although Senior Editor Richard Bowie was pleased that all meals were delivered fresh in a reusable shopping bag. It was a little difficult to decipher what was what as there were no accompanying instructions and ingredient lists were missing on half of the labels.
Price: Starts at $ 113 for 6+ meals ordered weekly
Diversity: Tons of variety here. All of the dishes were inventive and coated in free flavors and textures.
Meals: Bowie was a fan of the falafel cake with beet tahini, couscous, and vegetable ratatouille. He also loved the sushi salad, which came with a “very sweet” vegan sushi roll. Juices and desserts are also offered.
Insider tip: Get the # 1 rose potion. Bowie gushed, “I could drink this all day!”
A total of: A bit of a hit or miss, but the portions were sizeable, the price was fair, and the hits were fantastic.
There is no other way to describe Sakara than the Ritz Carlton of the catering services. It comes with a heavy price tag, but you know the company bends over backwards to make sure you are taken care of. The freshly prepared, heavy vegetarian meals are not something you can rely on in the long term. However, if you’re looking for a pre-wedding shape, or if you’re in the mood to treat yourself to a treat, then you should indulge yourself a little.
Service: Expect to be treated well. All of the foods are plant-based, organic, and resemble a $ 20 salad or grain bowl you might find at a wellness retreat.
Price: Starts at $ 177 for two days of full meals
Diversity: Each week’s menu is fixed, so choices are limited, but choices go well beyond the typical overnight oat and wellness smoothies. You will be amazed every time you open your sakara package.
Meals: Holland tried food for three days and loved everything. Her favorites include the cacao chip + almond waffles, the sakara burrito bowl with turmeric corn salsa and the roasted peach chana masala. All packages also include detox tea and beauty chocolate (yes, you eat it).
Insider tip: If the price seems intimidating, get the Sakara Cookbook. Eat clean, play dirtyto try the recipes for yourself.
A total of: Holland advised, “Sakara is perfect for coming to the office once a week for healthy meals at work or a great way to develop new habits. It’s not cheap, but it’s very high quality food. They also have detox programs and a 20-day bridal program before your big day! “
Urban Remedy focuses on fresh, nutritious meals that don’t compromise on the dining experience. It’s not all vegan, but it does offer a variety of plant-based options from breakfast to dessert. Holland got their fair share of vegan products and declared it a “total home run”. Here’s what you need to know:
Service: Holland reported that their experience was a “perfect execution” of food delivery in terms of variety, food quality and taste.
Price: Starts at $ 6.99 per item or $ 19.99 for a 2-pack meal set
Diversity: From juices to complete meals to desserts, we were satisfied with the selection. You can just do a juice cleanse, order dinner, or just stock up on snacks and wellness shots.
Meals: Holland raved about every item she received, but her favorites included the Upbeet Vegan Cheeseburger Wrap, the Vegan Caesar (which “made her believe”), the Matcha Energy Bar, Booster Shot and the Raw Cacao Mousse which was “one of the.” best “was a heavenly chocolate experience of her life. ”
Insider tip: Have some of the wellness shots ready to help prevent colds in the bud.
A total of: We’ll let Holland take this one. She remarked, “This is my dream delivery service.”
Tanya Flink is the digital editor at VegNews as well as a writer and runner who lives in Orange County, CA.